Challenging Alps: From Geneva to Alpe d’Huez
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- Cycle Tour de France mountain passes
- Witness stunning views
- Ride the Route des Grandes Alpes
- Explore alpine towns
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- Written on December 24, 20145.0 - ExcellentMy wife and I elected to do the self guided Geneva to Alpe d'Huez route, customizing the route so we could work in an extra rest day prior to tackling the Col du Galibier. This was an amazing, first class adventure with epic rides, reasonable accomodations that served fantastically good food, great Wilier Izoard carbon bikes that were tuned perfectly, and reliable maps/GPS and safety backup plans with Bruno and the crew at Cyclomundo. It was the best vacation of our lives and we constantly talk about when we can finish off the route from Alpe d'Huez to Nice (hopefully this summer!). Anyone who loves cycling, follows the Tour de France and enjoys delicious food at the end of an epic ride day will not be disappointed with this tour. Having Bruno and the crew take care of all the routing and accomodations for us relieved so much stress given that neither my wife or I speaks French beyond a 2 year old level. Despite this, we were warmly received at each of the hotels along the way and treated graciously as we made our way through the most beautiful scenery I've ever had the pleasure of riding through. No need to wonder any longer, take the tour and make your own epic memories.Show detailed ratings
- Written on August 6, 20145.0 - ExcellentThis tour across the French Alps was simply amazing and fantastic! There are no words to describe the feeling being on top all those mountains , the greatest of which is Alpe D Huez. The legendary climb. It feels surreal that Marco Pantani rode up this road and now I am riding it too! The 1 year planning was well worth it. Hotels were very homely and service on all days was top notch. I cant argue with the food either , being in France. Big thumbs up to French food! And lastly a big applause to Cyclomundo Team who created this trip. This is one of the most challenging trips in their arsenal of tours but they still made it enjoyable to ride (Apart from suffering at the same time up those HC climbs!). All expectations met. Support was excellent. Detailed planning really assured that nobody can go wrong even on a self guided tour like I did. And the memories definitely will last a lifetime. I do hope to come back again soon! From me and my cousin, we would like to say a big thank you to Bruno and the Team!Show detailed ratings
- ErikWritten on July 17, 20135.0 - ExcellentThis was a super trip for keen cyclists. 30 thousand feet of climbing in four days of riding is no mean feat, but the Cyclomundo team does a great job preparing for and supporting the rides. I would recommend it without reservation, the only caveat being that any participants will have a much better time if they put in some training in advance of the trip. This is not like cycling the vineyards of Burgundy!Show detailed ratings
- Written on December 19, 20124.5 - ExcellentMy brother and I wanted to do an "Epic" vacation sans spouses together, and saw this French Alps tour in Outside Magazine in the Spring of 2011. Looked like just the right amount of suffering. Bruno picked us up, but for the most part we did it self tour. Loved the hotel on the first night with walking distance to Lake Geneva. Our first day was gorgeous. Was suprised by the Col de Rhone. Thought "never heard of it..can't be that hard" ;-) It looked like a wall!! My brother had a rough time, and we both struggled on the Columbiere later on, as we forgot to eat that well earlier. Loved the alternate hotel in La Grand Bornand also. Tartiflette to die for!! From there...well the weather just wasn't in our favor. We started too late in the season. Next time, we'll go earlier in the season. But we still enjoyed the rides and the accommodations. Incredible food at our Albertville stay. After climbing La Madeline, and La Telegraph, an overnight in Valloire had us awakening to a snow storm. Bruno set it up nicely for us to be transported over the Galibier (almost a foot of snow on the top) where we picked up our ride on the other side. Alp D'Huez was everything it purports to be, and the best surprise of the trip was the alternate hotel in Huez. Instead of staying at the top, we cycled down a bit to the small way town of Huez and stayed at L'Ancolie. Incredible views, and great food!! We will definitely do this trip again....mostly because we need a re-do on the weather. We will likely add on a trail vehicle and bring more friends. One of the problems of going self guided and light was we didn't have room for tourist gifts along the rides. I still want a cow bell ;-)!Show detailed ratings
- Written on December 14, 20124.0 - GoodMy wife and I did the self guided trip which was fantastic value. We cycled excelent roads through the Alpe's and stayed at cool ski chalets. We would love to go again and may even do the same tour. I loved the self guded aspect which put us on our own schedule. Great fun!Show detailed ratings
- Written on December 7, 20125.0 - ExcellentWe had a fantastic trip with Cyclomundo in 2009. Everything went like clockwork: the guide, the transportation, and the hotels. At the end of the trip they also supported us for La Marmotte. A wonderful entry into French cycling, we couldn't be happier with the trip and can't wait to do it again.Show detailed ratings
- Written on August 8, 20125.0 - ExcellentWe did the Geneve-Alpe d'Huez that included La Marmotte! This was our first point to point supported trip. Fantastic! Our group was varied in abilities but there was no pressure to keep up or wait for others. The meals and accomodations were great! The support for La Marmotte was awesome and it great having a cheering section at the feed stations. Excellent organization. I would like to see what their Pyrenees or Dolomite trip might be like :-DShow detailed ratings
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- Day 1: Arrival in Geneva, Transfer to Anthy or Yvoire
- Day 2: Anthy or Yvoire — Le Grand-Bornand (Short option: 97 km/60 miles or Long option: 99 km/62 miles)
- Day 3: Le Grand-Bornand — Albertville (75 km/47 miles)
- Day 4: Albertville — Valloire (106 km/66 miles)
- Day 5: Valloire — Alpe d'Huez or Huez (78km/49 miles)
- Day 6: Departure
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AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
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- Geneva (Switzerland)
- 28 km
- Anthy (France)
- 46 km
- Le Grand Bornand (France)
- 30 km
- Albertville (France)
- 57 km
- Valloire (France)
- 29 km
- Alpe d’Huez (France)
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